People “Like” You, But Do They Also Buy From You?

According to Debra Aho Williamson, a principal analyst at eMarketer, “the message still hasn’t sunk in: Likes are not a gauge of consumer involvement with your company or brand. But companies still insist on touting their total just like they touted “hits” back in the early days of the web.”

Williamson also advises companies to measure the success of social media marketing by tracking the redemption of coupons offered via the Facebook page, gaining new email addresses and making sales. There has been a significant increase in businesses using these sorts of conversion metrics as a measure of success.

Companies are also adjusting their posting schedules. When posting to Facebook outside normal business hours companies see engagement rates that are 20% higher than average.

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About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.